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Clued In #335 | All words lead to the cryptic grid

 |  29 June 2021

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Certain phrases and words used in cryptic crosswords are, to be very honest, rather obscure and barely present in regular vernacular or contemporary memory. But that’s no concern of setters — any and all usages from across time, geography, and genealogy are fair game in cryptic puzzles.

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The Hindu Cryptic #13287 | Gussalufz | 5 DownMaybe if I am drunk, to be very honest (4,6)CLUE:Clue explained:

: anagramClue types

: very honestDefinition


We’re looking for a two-word phrase here that has 4 and 6 letters each and means ‘very honest’.

‘Maybe’ is an anagram indicator — an anagram of ‘if I am drunk’ is FAIRDINKUM.

And that is the answer — FAIR DINKUM, to be very honest, is a rather obscure and old Aussie slang phrase for ‘very honest’ in the sense of “genuine”, “authentic”, “fair and absolutely reasonable”!